Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly thursday purchased the Nomination and Expression of Interest form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, ahead of the July 20 primary election.
The ruling National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC had fixed cost of the form at N22.5 million.
The leader of the delegation and the Special Adviser to the Governor, Hon. Victor Olabintan, revealed that the state chapter of the party had decided to adopt indirect mode of primary to select the party’s standard bearer, but added that the leadership of the party has a final say on it.
He said that Akeredolu has performed very well.
Olabintan said: “On our part in Ondo State, from the unit level to the state and to the national level, we have resolved in Ondo State to adopt indirect primary.”
Asked if the governor has the support of the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, in his re-election bid, Olabintan stressed that while Tinubu has the whole of Nigeria as his domain.
He argued that Tinubu does not support any candidate, but only wants the best candidate to emerge as the party’s candidate, adding that Akeredolu is the best.
Also, Hon. Adeboboye Samuel, explained that the members of Ondo State House of Assembly obtained the form for the governor because they believe in him, and his leadership role.
Earlier, the National Organising Secretary of the party, Mr. Emma Ibediro, assured that the primary election in the state would be free, fair and transparent.
He stressed that retaining Ondo State was important to the ruling party.
The party chieftain also said that the credentials of all the aspirants would be published at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja and the state secretariat for public scrutiny.